Bose QuietComfort Earbuds | QCI VS QCII | QuietComfort Earbuds II
The Bose QuietComfort and QuietComfort II Earbuds are well-known for their superb ANC (Active Noise Cancellation), sound system, and transparency, to name a few.
However, the two earbuds are different, as many distinctions should be considered, such as controls, design, and comfort.
The original QuietComfort earbuds have a bulky design compared to normal earbuds, with a protruding stability wing. Bose provides them with overly thick ear tips that some users have said they had to twist and turn to get the earbuds fitted in their ears.
The QuietComfort earbuds ll have a sleeker and less bulky design compared to the originals, with a less protruding stability wing. In addition, the second generation is more comfortable with small ear tips that are well-received by users.
The original’s color options include triple black, silkstone, stone blue, and sandstone.
The second generation’s colour options are triple black and soapstone.
CustomTune Audio is a new feature that was added to the Bose QuietComfort II's that significantly improves the user's hearing experience. What this does is that it sends out a chime that bounces inside your ear and gets picked up by the built-in microphones.
This allows the Bose QCII to learn the shape of your ear canal and optimize the noise cancellation and sound performance that fits your ear perfectly.
Originals come with a hefty and clamshell-style case. The case has five indicator lights informing users about the earbuds' battery level. These lights also show up when the earbuds are paired with a device. In addition, the case has a lock mechanism to secure the earbuds to prevent them from falling out.
Users have said that the case is gigantic even to have problems fitting into pockets, and because of being huge, the lock mechanism seems to fail sooner or later.
The second generation has a much smaller case than the originals and can fit into most pockets. Due to the smaller size, the lock mechanism works properly.
The original’s controls are complicated. For example, the right earbud would play and pause, and users could swipe up and down to control the volume. The left earbud controls ANC and transparency.
QuietComfort earbuds ll are simple compared to the originals. Both earbuds have similar controls. One tap to play or pause, two taps to skip, three taps to skip to the previous track, swipe up and down to control the volume, and hold for assistance.
The original has a six-hour battery lift on each earbud. The earbuds have a two-hour charging time and are fast-charged for fifteen minutes for two hours. The originals could be charged wirelessly or by a USB C cable.
The second generation also has a six-hour battery life on each earbud. The earbuds have a one-hour charge time, are fast-charged for twenty minutes, and last for two hours. However, the second generation is charged only by USB C.
Both earbuds can use the bose music app for many customization options. However, neither have the option of multi-point connectivity, but the bose music app can be used between multiple devices.
Both earbuds have a clear and detailed sound quality, and there is not much of a difference between to two earbuds.
The QuietComfort earbuds II are an upgrade over the originals as they have all the qualities of the first generation, and it also seems to overcome the weaknesses of the originals.